Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Even on dusty outdoor courts, the Air Jordan 2 Retro holds up really well.
  • The rubber heel cup used on the Air Jordan 2 Retro hugs the ankle just right.
  • The modified traction pattern of these high-top basketball shoe model grips and controls court surfaces nicely.
  • The glue and the stitchings on the signature shoe are beautiful and neatly put together.
  • The thick padding inside the shoe provides a comfortable fit, claim most users.
  • Two testers agree that the foam padding in the tongue protects the foot from pinching when the shoelaces are tied too tight.
  • Several sneaker collectors are happy with the numerous colorways of the Air Jordan 2 Retro.
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5 reasons not to buy

  • The Air Jordan 2 Retro does not provide good arch support, mention some buyers.
  • Though the signature shoe has perforations in the midfoot and tongue areas, there are still wearers who complain about the shoe’s lack of breathability.
  • Some users agree that the forefoot fit is terrible. They say that their foot slides and just needs better lockdown in that area.
  • The leather upper creases easily according to a handful of shoe collectors.
  • These retroed Michael Jordan basketball shoes lack stability because of the inward shape of the outsole heel.

Bottom line

Generally, the Air Jordan 2 Retro is still a decent performance shoe. It boasts a great fit, comfortable cushioning, and plenty of colorways to choose from. When playing, however, there might be an issue with foot moisture, a typical problem of Air Jordan shoes. If you are not bothered by ventilation issues surrounding the Air Jordan 2 Retro, then this basketball shoe is a go. For those who think that $160 is too expensive for some, price drops are available a few months after the release dates.

Facts

Expert Reviews

64 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 64 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    These have turned into one of my favorite Air Jordans… I have always liked the AJ2 from an aesthetic standpoint but their performance capability has turned these into a true classic in my eyes.

  • 64 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    These have turned into one of my favorite Air Jordans… I have always liked the AJ2 from an aesthetic standpoint but their performance capability has turned these into a true classic in my eyes.

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Originally released at $100 in November 1986, the Air Jordan 2 is the first Jordan shoe to not have the Swoosh. It also doesn’t have the Jumpman logo, which debuted on the Air Jordan 3. It had only the winged Air Jordan logo, which it shares with the Air Jordan 1.

The Air Jordan 1 is released at only $65 while the AJ 2 reaches $100. Why such a huge price gap? The first Air Jordan was made in Asia. The Air Jordan 2, on the other hand, was made using premium and fine materials in Italy. Peter Moore and Bruce Kilgore designed the signature shoe, taking inspiration from the iconic Air Force 1.

The performance shoes from the Jordan brand were available in both high- and low-top versions and in two colorways. The shoe model was first retroed in 1994. In the later years, the Air Jordan 2 Low was made available in women’s style and colorways. Currently, the signature sneakers have more than 25 colorways.

The evolution of the technologies used on Air Jordan shoes is noticeable. The Air Jordan 2 is the first Jordan shoe to use polyurethane in the midsole, which is used up to the Air Jordan 9. For maximum control, the AJ 2’s outsole has a pattern that features a combination of concentric circles, diagonal lines, and rectangles in various orientations. The upper is generally made of leather. Depending on the colorway, the upper may feature a reptile, crack, or quilted design.

The Jordan brand not only releases Michael Jordan shoes. In the future, let’s cross our fingers it will also do a retro of the current famous basketball shoes such as the Russell Westbrook’s Why Not Zer0.2 and 11th Jordan CP3.

Cushion. The Air Jordan 2 Retro features a bouncy polyurethane foam with a luxurious feel. It also absorbs impact well.

Traction. The traction pattern on the Air Jordan 2 is a carry-over from the first Air Jordan. It features a combination of concentric circles, diagonal lines, and rectangles in various orientations. The thick rubber compound holds up on both indoor and outdoor courts, including dusty ones.

Length and Width. The Jordan brand has standards to follow in manufacturing basketball sneakers. Most wearers agree that the Air Jordan 2 Retro runs true to size and they advise new buyers to go with their usual Jordan brand sizes. As for those with wider feet, they can go up half a size or fit the shoe first before buying.

Lockdown. As a typical 80s shoe, the Air Jordan 2 Retro utilizes the standard lace-up system. Once the shoe is all laced-up, a guaranteed foot lockdown is achieved. With the aid of the leather upper, the side panel overlays cup the midfoot area properly.

Depending on the colorway, the upper of the Air Jordan 2 Retro may come in tumbled, scale-like or quilted leather. The signature shoe is made of the finest materials from Italy. The upper has perforations to wick away moisture. The rubber heel cup helps with foot containment. It also prevents unnecessary side-to-side movements.

The Air Jordan 2 Retro is a high-top sneaker that comes in basketball and lifestyle models. Some of the colorways are limited edition while others are borne out of collaborations with luxury companies. The “JORDAN” callout is seen at the outsole. The “NIKE” callout is found at the heel counter. The prestigious “AIR JORDAN” callout and winged logo are found at the top of the tongue.

The Air Jordan 2 Retro has been released and re-released a number of times since it was sketched in 1986. Through the years, Jordan has become more and more creative and innovative with their color combinations. Starting in 1987, listed below are the sleek and loud colorways of the Air Jordan 2 Retro and their release dates and prices.

Air Jordan 2 Retro x Eminem.

The Air Jordan 2 Retro x Eminem is also called the Black/Varsity Red-Stealth colorway. Released on December 18, 2008 in time for the holidays, it came with a tee shirt at only $110. It was an exclusive online release with only 313 pairs. It is one of the rarest colorways of the Jordan brand. Currently, it is sold at over $3000 in aftermarket sales.

Just Don x Air Jordan 2 Retro-All Blue

Doc C grew up in the South Side of Chicago with the Bulls, Michael Jordan, and the booming sneaker generation. In 2011, he launched a Just Don Luxury Headwear Collection. The Just Don x Air Jordan 2 Retro is basically a product of two legends coming together. The first colorway is an all blue pair that was released on January 31, 2015 at $300.

Just Don x Air Jordan 2 Retro-Beach

The Beach colorway is the second in the Just Don x Air Jordan 2 Retro series. It was released in a limited number a year after the all blue colorway at a whopping $650. Don C created a connection between luxury fashion caps and signature footwear. The shoe model is originally crafted in Italy using the finest materials with a quilted leather.

Air Jordan 2 Radio Raheem

The Radio Raheem colorway is the product a collaboration between the Jordan brand and Spike Lee. The colorway is obtained from the “Do The Right Thing” movie directed by Lee. It is a black pair with fire pink, photo blue, and atomic orange eyelets. It comes with a white midsole and outsole, and photo blue accents on some areas. It was released on January 9, 2016 at $190.

Other Colorways of the Air Jordan 2 Retro

White/Red. This delicate and simple white and red colorway was released in 1987 at $100.

White/Red-Black. In 1994, the Air Jordan 2 was re-released at $100. It comes with a small modification. The white midsole was replaced with black. There were reports that this colorway never made it to Michael Jordan’s rotation and the prices dropped too low at $19.99 on most store racks.

Black/Chrome. In April 24, 2004, the Jordan brand released the first black colorway.

White/University Blue-Varsity Maize. Along with the Black/Chrome, the white and university blue colorway was released in April 24, 2004. It is reported to be the limited edition Melo Air Jordan 2.

White/Metallic Silver-Natural Grey. The white and metallic silver colorway was released at $300 on February 27, 2010 as a “25th Anniversary” colorway of the Air Jordan 2.

Air Jordan 2 Retro Remio. The Remio colorway is black with a reptile-like leather overlay on the sides. It was released on April 10, 2010.

Black/Infrared 23-Pure Platinum-White. The black and infrared colorway was released on April 12, 2014. It is a black pair with a speckled ankle and midsole. The orange accents are found on the heel counter and outsole. There are some hints of orange in other areas.

Concord. The Concord colorway has a white upper, black midsole, and blue accents. The side panels are overlaid with a white and wolf grey crack design. These Air Jordan 2 Retro sneakers were released on May 10, 2014.

Nightshade. The Nightshade colorway has a blue green upper. Its shoelaces and midsole are speckled with yellow and black. It was released on May 17, 2014 at $150.

Iron Purple. A week after the Nightshade release, the Iron Purple was made available on May 24, 2014. It is a purple pair with orange and black accents.

Countdown Pack. The Countdown Pack is more known as the Cement colorway. This white pair has varsity red, black, and grey accents. It is one of the most sought-after colorways of the Air Jordan 2 Retro. It was released on June 7, 2014 at $220.

Wing It. The Wing It colorway comes with a white upper with black and dark grey accents. It was released at $190 on March 4, 2016.

Alternate 87. The Alternate 87 colorway is black and gym red, contrasting sharply with the originals white and red. It was released on February 6, 2016 at $190.

Q54. The Q54 is also known as the Air Jordan 2 Quai 54. It is a light bone colorway with white and metallic gold accents. It was an exclusive European release in July 2016 at $180.

White/University Blue - Black.  Designed by Tinker Hatfield, the white and university blue colorway was released at $300 in June 2017.

Arctic Orange/Arctic Orange. Designed by Tinker Hatfield in collaboration with Just Don, the arctic orange colorway was released in June 2017 at $500.

Air Jordan 2s were released for the quarter finals in 2010. The shoes were collectively known as the Air Jordan 2 Retro QF, and they come in the following colorways:

University Blue/Black-White. On July 31, 2010, the university blue and black pair was released ahead of the other QF colorways. It was priced at $375.

Black/White. On October 23, 2010, the black and white QF colorway was released along with the three colorways below.

Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com